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Corps Security introduces CorpsConsult expert consultancy service

Corps Security has announced the introduction of a new business division that provides a diverse range of consulting, investigative and training services specifically designed to help customers improve risk and threat management.

CorpsConsult uses the extensive in-house expertise that Corps Security possesses. CorpsConsult is headed up by Mike Bluestone, Corps Security’s director of security consulting.

“Our experts all have recognised academic and professional security qualifications and come from a diverse range of corporate backgrounds,” asserted Bluestone. “In addition, several leading members of the team have served with distinction in the police and the military. This wide-ranging experience combines to ensure that CorpsConsult has unrivalled levels of knowledge and expertise that can be used to advise companies on the security of their people, property and assets through both human and technological means.”

Mike Bluestone, who heads up CorpsConsult, discussing strategies with a client

Mike Bluestone, who heads up CorpsConsult, discussing strategies with a client

A key element in having the right security solutions in place is an awareness of risks and threats. CorpsConsult’s consulting services provide both strategic and logistical answers to an organisation’s security requirements. These services include strategic security reviews, the development of corporate security policy and strategy documents, risk and threat assessments, security surveys and audits.

CorpsConsult prides itself on providing clear reports with easy-to-follow guidance and recommendations.

Selection of training courses

CorpsConsult’s investigative services are used by organisations looking to carry out due diligence in areas such as mergers and acquisitions and the examination of corporate fraud and financial impropriety.

Areas of potential risk can be identified through discreet checks on the backgrounds and reputations of companies and individuals. Other services include scene of crime work, personnel screening and vetting and corporate surveillance.

To complement its other activities, CorpsConsult also offers a selection of training courses delivered by its specialist experts. These courses can be designed to meet a client’s specific needs. Here, the subjects include security management, security auditing, fraud prevention, strategic security and security awareness training.

Speaking about the introduction of CorpsConsult, Corps Security’s CEO Peter Webster explained: “The importance of a clearly defined and implemented security strategy cannot be overstated. Organisations in all business sectors now realise that expert guidance is an invaluable part of this process.”

Webster continued: “Although we have offered consultancy services for many years, the formation of CorpsConsult galvanises our extensive knowledge into one complete offering. I believe it’s a valuable addition to our existing specialist security services, and we will continue to develop it to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers.’

For further information contact Corps Security on Tel) 0800 0286 303 or via e-mail: info@corpssecurity.co.uk

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CIFAS Report: ‘Plastic card accounts are identity fraudsters’ favourites’

Analysis of the fraud figures recorded during 2013 by organisations that share confirmed fraud data through CIFAS – the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service – demonstrates that identity fraud remains the biggest fraud challenge facing the UK.

While overall fraud levels decreased by 11% in 2013, there were still over 108,500 confirmed identity frauds. That figure represents almost one-in-two of all frauds (49%).

Identity frauds (the use of a false identity or attempt to impersonate an innocent victim) that targeted the plastic cards sector (ie credit and store card accounts) increased by over 35% in 2013 from the levels seen in 2012.

In fact, plastic card identity frauds accounted for almost 40% of all identity frauds recorded during 2013. This makes the credit and store card sector the favoured target for identity fraudsters in the UK.

Analysis of the fraud figures recorded during 2013 by organisations that share confirmed fraud data through CIFAS demonstrates that identity fraud remains the biggest fraud challenge facing the UK

Analysis of the fraud figures recorded during 2013 by organisations that share confirmed fraud data through CIFAS demonstrates that identity fraud remains the biggest fraud challenge facing the UK

CIFAS communications manager Richard Hurley said: “CIFAS has long commented that fraudsters will continue to shift their attention, moving from one organisation to another and from one type of product to another. The figures for 2013, when compared with 2012, prove this once again. Whereas in 2012 identity fraud centred upon the online retail sector, the criminals behind this type of fraud turned their sights towards the credit and store card sector in 2013. Such a dramatic shift underlines that organisations must be aware they can quickly become the next target for fraudsters.”

The online danger

The need for individuals to be careful when online, and to review how information is stored or shared, is underlined by the further revelation that an astonishing 90% of all identity frauds against plastic card accounts were attempted online.

“The Internet has revolutionised the way that we all conduct our business,” commented Hurley, “but the Internet is also a fantastic enabler for the modern fraudster. The fact that so many identity frauds on plastic cards (well over 43,000) were attempted online must serve as a wake up call not only to organisations but to every individual.”

Hurley added: “We must all ensure that we are practising good, safe online behaviour and putting barriers in the way of the fraudster who would otherwise make use of our details to walk away with our money and leave us with the bill.”

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Trustwave report pinpoints security pressures faced by IT professionals

The 2014 Security Pressures Report issued by Trustwave is based on a survey of over 800 IT professionals from the UK, the US, Canada and Germany.

It emerges that no less than 80% of IT directors and CISOs felt pressure from above to roll out IT projects in 2013, despite concerns that those projects were not ready due to security issues. 63% of respondents stated that this happened on more than one occasion.

The survey states that UK IT security professionals believe phishing and social engineering were the biggest threats facing their business compared with professionals from the US and Canada who were more concerned about targeted malware and APTs.

Overall, professionals in the UK feel they’re most confident in being safe from IT security threats (82%) compared with the US, Canada and Germany (73%).

Trustwave surveyed 833 IT security professionals in four countries

Trustwave surveyed 833 IT security professionals in four countries

Meanwhile, three out of four IT teams currently run security in-house, but 82% use (or are looking to use) managed security services in the future to help alleviate pressures.

At the conclusion of the findings, Trustwave provides a list of ten actionable recommendations for alleviating some of the pressure.

Trustwave states: “The report makes no claims that these pressures can be eliminated entirely, but hopefully with some changes in mindset and a fresh perspective for dealing with the problem, security pros can reduce that pouring rain to a manageable drizzle.”

Download a copy of the full report and read the Trustwave blog by Dan Kaplan

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